GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces Alexa Banic ’21, of Greenville, Pa., and Makenna Sanders ’21, of Newbury, Ohio, as the Student of the Month honorees for November.
The Student of the Month is awarded to seniors. It is among the most prestigious student awards at Thiel College, with only about six students each semester earning the honor.
Banic is the President of Kappa Delta Pi education honorary society, the founding President of Thiel Rotaract, a student group affiliated with Rotary International, and leader of the Thiel Bible study. Banic also was secretary for Lambda Sigma sophomore honorary society. She was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Fitness Club. In sports, Banic was a member of the cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams. On campus, she worked for the Office of Admission’s Thiel Team and in the Langenheim Memorial Library. She has been on the Dean’s List for each of her six semesters at Thiel. She also traveled to Greece with Thiel in May of 2019.
Outside of Thiel, Banic is the co-coordinator and instructor of Commodore Perry’s STEAM Academy for students 4th-8th grade. She also is a READ Program instructor at Hermitage Elementary School. Additionally, she has been an instructor for the Lakeview Elementary School Summer Wellness Camp and summer STEAM camps in Mercer County. Banic has been involved in several community events, including Literacy Night at Greenville Elementary School, Night to Shine, and His Work His Way.
Banic is a 2017 graduate of Greenville High School majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. Following graduation, Banic plans to begin her career as a primary/special education teacher and enroll in a master’s program. Banic is the daughter of Kimberly and Christopher Banic of Greenville, Pa.
Sanders is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Thiel College Band programs, the Thiel Players, and the chapel staff. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society, the Theta Alpha Kappa honor society for religious studies and theology, and the Alpha Psi Omega theater honorary society. Sanders has volunteered at the American Legion Post in Greenville and has been Kappa Sigma’s philanthropy chair, raising money for the Kappa Sigma American Heroes Fund.
Sanders is a 2017 graduate of Newbury High School majoring in philosophy and minoring in history and religion. After graduation, he plans on attending seminary and pursuing ordination, but is also considering attending law school. He is the son of Marty and Jocelyn Sanders, of Newbury, Ohio.
“(I am) especially grateful for the attention and care from the professors who (I have) had the honor of being instructed by,” Sanders said.
About Thiel College
Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.